The Las Vegas bar scene is always evolving, so if you're planning a visit you need to work as many hotspots as you can into your itinerary -- lest it's on to the next big thing on a future visit. Nightlife abounds and there's only so much time in a day, so what should you look for in a Vegas bar? Alcohol is a given, but these popular bars, restaurants, and lounges should give you a good feel for the party capital of the West.
Here, they specialize in the classic cocktails and feature a mixology program with some talented people doing the shaking and stirring, but their list of beers and wines will keep everyone satisfied while you journey back in time to an era when a good stiff drink was vital to a good time.
If you are a fan of the magic of mixology, it's a must to stop by Fusion mixology bar at Palazzo. This is the Las Vegas bar where you can be sure that each of the people behind the bar knows exactly how to hit the sweet spot of your desires for a great cocktail.
This bar is at the center of the casino as well as the center of all the action at the Palms. The cocktails are stiff and their menu offerings are as good as any on the strip.
Petrossian at Bellagio
Sit at the bar and talk to the and attentive fantastic bartenders and you'll likely get the story behind the drink or some fascinating fact about the spirit. Their ability to make a perfect classic cocktail is precisely why you'll happily step into the Bellagio to have a drink.
Public House at Venetian Las Vegas will get you great beer, a cicerone to tell you about the beer and some poutine to savor while you compare craft brews. This is the one Vegas bar you should check out if you truly love beer. The food is good, but it can get pricey (you may want to steer clear of the burger -- at $18, it is not one of the best deals in the place). There are so many other great things on the menu that it will be easy to find something tasty to go with your fabulous brew of choice.
If you need a glass of wine and maybe a few small plates to keep you occupied, hit La Cave at Wynn. Try to get a seat out on the deck that overlooks the pool and engage someone in conversation. A word of warning -- stay away from geeking out on wine speak as this is more of a casual wine drinker's spot. They do have a bar area but it's a nice pick if you're the mingling type.
Get yourself a frozen drink, cozy up with the large parka and gloves and experience an ice bar in Las Vegas. Amazingly carved frozen solid ice, all around you. You won't stay here all night, but it is one of those things you should try at least once.
The Eastside Lounge is a good pick if you not only enjoy a good drink but sitting around and taking far too long to drink it while people watching as well. The Eastside Lounge at Encore Las Vegas is set along windows that look out onto the pool deck and is right off the casino floor. There is a sense of elegance and comfort that will bring you back every visit.
Before the doors open to the club the lounge at LAVO at the Palazzo is perfect for Las Vegas, The room is large and the seating is comfortable and you also have the option of going out onto the terrace that overlooks the Las Vegas strip. It does get crowded, however, once the doors to the club open the bar and lounge scene get so much better as the thinner crowd makes for better conversation and more comfort.